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December 17, 2008 at 9:54 PM #40191harrysamuelParticipant
I until now have only done still photography. I have two customers requesting video. They can not find anyone to do it, their budget is ridiculous because they do not understand the equipment involved. I look at it as an opportunity to learn about videography. My list of possible video camera are the Sony pd150, pd170, or VX2100. Budget concerns tell me the first two are my best choice.
The problem is the video will be done in an ice rink with the house lights off. The only lighting will be one spot light from the balcony above the rink. I can setup the camera on the ice or on the balcony. I shoot stills from the ice with multiple flashes. I can add lighing for the video camera, but was hoping not to. Added cost and using video lighting is unknow to me.
Anyone shooting good color in low light? Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Harry
December 17, 2008 at 10:38 PM #172783RobParticipant
The PD150 and PD170 are very similar. The PD170 is the updated version of the PD150. The VX2100 is pretty much the same as the PD170 except it does NOT have XLR connections, which are the connection used for most microphones. I used a PD170 and I highly recommend it.
I don’t know what lighting advice to give you without knowing what you’re shooting. So, what are you planning on shooting?
December 17, 2008 at 11:22 PM #172784CoreeceParticipant
Yes, I’d probably go with the PD170 as well. There are some minor convenience features on the 2100 but overall I think the 170 is a better camera, primarily for the XLR connections as Rob mentioned.
I believe most people will agree that these cameras, or atleast Sony cameras are the best in low light situations.
If your subjects will be under the spot light, you’ll have no problem getting a decent, acceptable image without turning up the gain. Gain means grain so Igenerally don’t like to go above 6-8db depending on the light. If there is some decent ambient light, 8db gain will still look very good.I once had no option but tomax out the gain at 18db, and though the image wasn’t perfect, I was suprised how well it worked with the little ambient light there was. I thought the image was gonna be garbage because it looked awful in the viewfinder, but looked much better on a real monitor.
Also, I noticed that you put “HD” in the thread title…none of these camearas are considered HD…just your good old standard definition 3CCD. I should add that HD cameras do not perform as well in low light as a standard def cameara.
Remeber, you could also just rent a camera if that is a better option for you…you should find one for no more than $125-150 for the day. There may also be somegovernment funded media organizations that will rent you a 3CCD camera for less. There is one here that will give it to you for $70 a day or if it is friday, they’ll let you keep it till monday for the same price.
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